HUD Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program

Through this NOFA, HUD is announcing the availability of approximately $56 million for its Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program (Community Compass), HUD’s integrated technical assistance and capacity building initiative.

Community Compass is designed

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to help HUD’s customers navigate complex housing and community development challenges by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity, and systems to implement HUD programs and policies successfully and provide effective administrative and managerial oversight of HUD funding.

The goal of Community Compass is to empower communities by providing effective technical assistance and capacity building so that successful program implementation is sustained.HUD recognizes that its customers often interact with a variety of HUD programs as they deliver housing or community development services.

Community Compass brings together technical assistance investments from across HUD program offices, including the offices of Community Planning and Development, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Housing, and Public and Indian Housing.

This cross-funding approach allows technical assistance to address the needs of grantees and subgrantees across multiple HUD programs, often within the same engagement, as well as address cross-agency issues.

Applicants are encouraged to procure subcontractors and consultants to demonstrate expertise across a wide variety of HUD programs, as well as in specific skill and policy areas.

Community Compass is centrally managed by HUD Headquarters with involvement of the HUD Regional, Field, and Area Offices.


TA Focus Areas - Table of Categories, Programs and Topics, and Funding SourcesHUD expects to focus its technical assistance (TA) efforts and available funding on the programs and topics listed for each category in the table below.

The table also notes the funding source(s) for each category.

HUD recognizes that overlap often occurs among these categories, programs, and topics.

Applicants are encouraged to establish their experience working across categories, as applicable.TA assignments may include programs and topics not currently listed in the table.

HUD may direct successful applicants to provide TA related to additional HUD programmatic or policy areas, based on emerging priorities and the identified needs of HUD’s customers.

Table of Categories, Programs and Topics, and Funding SourcesCATEGORYPROGRAMS AND TOPICSTA FUNDING SOURCEAFFORDABLE HOUSING, MIXED FINANCE DEVELOPMENT, AND HOMEOWNERSHIPHOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), including reporting requirements in the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) and financial management of HOME grantsRecapitalization and preservation of affordable rental housing, including the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)Choice Neighborhoods and HOPE VIHousing counseling grant requirements, oversight, and agency capacity buildingHousing Trust FundLeveraging additional funding and subsidy layeringDepartmental TACOMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, DISASTER RESILIENCE Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)CDBG tools and products to assist grantees design and conduct local income surveys.

Limited pilot testing of new tools and products.CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) launch, program management, and capacity building TA, including National Disaster Resilience (CDBG-NDR) project implementation TASection 108 Loan Guarantee Program TACommunity and regional planning, including consolidated plans and the use of the e-con Planning SuiteComprehensive neighborhood revitalization, including innovative practices and collaborations to provide workforce and business development services, health and human services, internet access and community infrastructure, and other improvements or services, and leverage state and local resources, federal resources from agencies other than HUD, and private resourcesRural and tribal community and economic development practices and resourcesEconomic developmentDisaster resilienceGreen infrastructureVulnerability analysis/hazard risk assessmentInnovative financing methods for infrastructure and disaster resilience (e.g., green bonds, catastrophe bonds, and value capture)Grant systems, including IDIS, DRGR, and e-snapsInfrastructure design that addresses systemic shocks and stresses, delivers multiple benefits, and achieves resilienceAssessment of Fair Housing (AFH)Departmental TAHOMELESSNESS Continuum of Care (CoC) program, including CoC governance and CoC systems performance measurementEmergency Solutions Grants (ESG) programCentralized or coordinated entry systemData reporting, analysis, and management, including use of a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)Homeless subpopulations:
Chronic homeless, veterans, families with children, youth, and victims of domestic violenceStrategic resource allocation and removing barriers to CoC resources for persons experiencing homelessness and/or entering the CoC systemQuickly rehousing homeless individuals and families; promoting access to, and effective use of, mainstream programs; and/or optimizing self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessnessUsing a Housing First approach, including retooling transitional housing and rapid rehousingUnder-performing CoC Program recipient, sub-recipient, or projectDisaster preparedness to help McKinney-Vento recipients address the needs of program participants and people experiencing homelessness during disasters, along with recovery efforts for McKinney-Vento funded projects and how to conduct rehousing efforts for CoC program participantse-snapsMcKinney-Vento TA, Departmental TANATIONAL HOMELESS DATA ANALYSIS PROJECTAnalysis, management, and reporting of data critical for measuring and meeting HUD’s Strategic Objectives related to homelessness and the goals of Opening DoorsHomeless Management Information System (HMIS), including operation of the HMIS Data LabData reporting, analysis, and management, including use of a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)Disaster preparedness and recovery assistance – Helping McKinney grantees identify HMIS needs pre-disaster and post-disaster, including, but not limited to, review of HMIS data to understand demographics and needs; use of information from HMIS to understand the needs and risks faced by people experiencing homelessness; strategies for outreach efforts to unsheltered populations based on location and number of individuals; tracking both the impact on homeless residents and those that become homeless due to the event; tracking eligibility for disaster compensation and other disaster related resources; and connecting individuals and familiesPreparation of AHAR Part 1 and 2Redesign of AHAR collection and technology upgradesDevelopment of HMIS lead and system administrator training curriculum and rollout planMcKinney-Vento National Homeless Data Analysis Project, Departmental TAPUBLIC HOUSING OPERATIONS AND PROGRAMS Financial management, which may include procurement protocolsGovernance of PHAs, including board and management practices, effective use of partnerships, and potential organization restructuringInformation Resource CenterAsset managementDevelopment methods and capital improvementsLow-cost, high-speed internet accessEnergy Performance ContractsHousing Choice VouchersPhysical Needs AssessmentsPublic Housing Agency (PHA) repositioning/regional planningRecovery and prevention of at-risk or troubled PHAs, including asset repositioning, program operations, internal controls, financial and governance training, and development assistanceOperating funds and Capital funds grantSelf-Sufficiency ProgramsPHA plansMoving to Work (MTW)Disaster resilienceGreen developmentPhysical inspectionsMixed financeAssessment of Fair Housing (AFH)Departmental TARecovery of PHAs in HUD Administrative ReceivershipPHA Administrative Receivership & Recovery TANATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTIndian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA)NAHASDA TA Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA)Negotiated Rulemaking Committee and Consultation supportNAHASDA allocation formula administrationTitle VI Loan LeveragingSection 184 Loan GuaranteeTribal HUD-VASHIndian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG)Native American Housing and Community Development TASUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND SERVICESHUD-VASH, including VASH data collectionHousing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly, including documenting capital needs backlog in the 202 portfolioSenior Project Rental Assistance ProgramSection 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities and Section 811 Project Rental AssistanceHomeless Preference in Project-based Section 8Multifamily Housing Service CoordinatorFamily Self Sufficiency (FSS) programs with ROSS-SCJobs Plus InitiativeWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementationRegional mobility programsDepartmental TAPOLICY DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCHData collection and quality for LIHTC tenants and projectsDepartmental TAFAIR HOUSING, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT, RELOCATION, AND OTHER CROSS-CUTTING REQUIREMENTS Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) implementationSection 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968Compliance with Section 504 and ADA/UFAS requirementsUniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (URA), and Section 104 (d) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974Departmental prioritiesEnvironmental reviews for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related federal environmental laws and authorities, including, but not limited to, the National Historic Preservation Act, Executive Order 11988 on Floodplain Management, and contamination policiesBenchmarking and utility data analysis for multifamily buildings, including use of the Energy Star Portfolio Manager toolEnergy efficiency and high performance building retrofits for assisted housing propertiesGreen operations and maintenanceActivities that assist grantees with implementing new federal rules, regulations, Notices, and program requirementsKnowledge management via HUD ExchangeSmoke-free housingRAD Notice Regarding Fair Housing and Civil Rights Requirements and Relocation Requirements Applicable to RAD First Component – Public Housing Conversions (H 2016-17 / PIH 2016-17), the Fair Housing Act, and Title VI of the Civil Rights ActAffirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, including, but not limited to, requirements under the AFFH rule at 24 C.F.R.

§§ 5. 150 et seq.Departmental TA
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Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development


Estimated Funding: $56,000,000

Who's Eligible

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In addition to the list above, eligible applicants include:NAHASDA-eligible Indian tribes as defined at Section 4(13) of NAHASDA; tribally-designated housing entities (TDHEs) as defined at Section 4(22) of the NAHASDA; and national or regional organizations representing Native American housing interestsMetropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Councils of Government (COGs), or other regional planning entitiesSee section V.B.

"Rules that affect applicants' eligibility to receive an award from HUD" of the FY 2017 General Section for more information on eligibility.See also Section IV.B of this NOFA ("Content and Form of Application Submission") for necessary form and content information.

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

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